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The Indians have designated pitcher Jason Johnson for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade or release him. Johnson, an Oriole from 1999 through 2003, won his first two decisions before going 1-8 with a 7.38 ERA in 10 starts. He allowed 10 homers in 77 innings, including two in his final appearance.

Johnson signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract over the winter that included a club option. The Indians opted to let him go.

An official from another team tells me that the Orioles are interested in making trades, but also are worried about giving fans the impression that they've given up on the current season.

Hayden Penn, at the minor league complex in Sar- asota, Fla., might throw off a mound later this week.

"He probably needs three or four mound sessions and then he could maybe go out on rehab," manager Sam Perlozzo said.

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